Could the Green Bay Packers consider pursuing Adrian Peterson in free agency?
Adrian Peterson comes into the NFL offseason without a team. Last season, he played all 16 games for the Washington Redskins, rushing for 1,042 yards with seven total touchdowns. He’s made a major stride as a 33-year-old running back who’s missed the majority of two out of the last four seasons with injury. He would make a perfect fit in the Green Bay Packers new coaching personnel.
The Packers have struggled over the past few years to build a team around Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation. His ability to freelance and scramble while throwing dots on the run is uncanny. However, he’s gotten to the point in his career where he no longer has the same athleticism or arm strength.
This is why the Packers brought in former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur as their new head coach. He stems from the Sean McVay coaching tree that all started with the Washington Redskins in the early 2000’s. Since becoming a member of his staff with the Los Angeles Rams a few years back, LaFleur has become a respected name in the business.
What he brings to the Packers is a more modern scheme for their offense. There will be more route options, more motion, more spread offenses. Basically, a hyped up West Coast system. The Packers desperately need a coach who can reshape their offense before Rodgers is too old and banged up to continue playing.
The Packers have two great weapons for Rodgers to utilize. Jimmy Graham and Davante Adams provide plenty of firepower to hit the end zone, even though Graham had a bit of a down season in 2018. However, their running game could use some veteran savvy. That’s where Peterson fits in.
Even though Peterson would likely share rushes with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams, he would provide an option to be their feature back. He wouldn’t even need to be on the field on third downs. He can become a steady first and second down option for LaFleur.
At this point, Peterson doesn’t have very many years of football left. He needs to look at his future and see, this may be the last chance to play and win a championship. Why not do it with the best quarterback of this generation outside of Tom Brady?
Last season, Peterson signed for the veteran’s minimum of $1 million. The Packers could offer a little more financial incentive as well.
It’s a perfect match. Now it’s time for the Packers to pull the trigger and add Peterson to their backfield.